It’s Record Store Day on Saturday 12 June and there’s no better spot to show your appreciation of independent record stores and their knowledgeable staff, music lovers and recording artists of all genres than in the Valley.
What began in 2008 as a celebration of US independent record stores and the unique culture of these dedicated music hubs, it’s now been adopted internationally to champion vinyl slingers and indie labels everywhere.
As Brisbane’s live music mecca, the Fortitude Valley Special Entertainment Precinct continues to hero and nurture the city’s renowned music-based entertainment industry through the support of local music venues and record stores such as Butter Beats, Catalog Music and Echo & Bounce.
Jason Woodward started Butter Beats as Brisbane’s first specialty store for funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop and punk with just a couple of crates of records in 1998, right when vinyl was deemed out of vogue.
Butter Beats now has 20,000 records in store and a further 40,000 vinyl in storage across all genres. Jason says independent record stores act as a library resource, a meeting place for musicians and music fans and offer an alternative to mainstream music stores by championing local artists and labels.
Echo & Bounce owner Paul ‘Ralphie’ Connolly agrees. Echo & Bounce was established as a physical space in October 2020 and specialises in electronic music for DJs. Ralphie says record stores are essential for any thriving music community.
“Record stores are places where the community can meet, collabs are conceptualised, ideas are shared and where the experienced can guide newer members of the community,” he says.
“A good record store should also open the eyes and ears of the community to the ever-expanding global music scene.”
Catalog Music co-founder and DJ Martin Spencer believes record stores like Catalog, which was also established in 2020 and stocks new and pre-loved vinyl and cassettes, are intrinsic to the fabric of a city’s artistic and cultural community.
“In many ways a city's cultural depth can be gauged by the quality of its record stores,” Martin says. “Record stores have an important role to maintain community, arts and culture in cities.”
Show your support and turn it up in the Valley for a six-hour jam fest when Record Store Day festivities take over Brunswick Street Mall.
From 12–6pm, DJs from the Valley’s Butter Beats, Catalog Music and Echo & Bounce record stores as well as DJs from Phase 4 Records (East Brisbane) and Monster Robot (Red Hill) will soundtrack your weekend. Plus, don’t miss local legends Resin Dogs live on stage at 3pm.
Attendees can also check out the Valley Record Store Day markets on Brunswick Street Mall on the day to browse pop-up stalls with vinyl from these record stores, plus vintage wares and original streetwear curated by Jacqui from Lil J’s Vintage.
Find out more about the Valley’s record stores and recording studios.
– June 2021